Local briefing

DNR wildlife educational offerings LANSING — The deadline to register for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ free wildlife educational opportunities ...

Oktoberfest on Iron Street

Above, from left, Aylee, 5, Emmy, 3, and Easton Guenette, 9, sit in front of Old Bank Building Antiques enjoying a lollipop at Negaunee’s ...

The calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: Information for the Community Calendar should be submitted in writing, including the phone number of a contact person, no later ...

Students make Dean’s Lists

Students with local connections have made the dean’s lists announced by several colleges and universities. ≤ NORTHFIELD, Minn. — ...

UP school district rejects land sale

BRIMLEY (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district has rejected a land sale mostly because the buyer wanted to sell tobacco and alcohol. Dollar General offered ...

Forest Service seeks public input

UP lodge up for sale

By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio — Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie. Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish. Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes. While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario. A look at the efforts to stop the grass carp: WHAT ARE GRASS CARP? Brought to the U.S. more than 50 years ago to control weed growth, they’re still sold to pond owners. Some states now require that they be sterilized before being released. But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Some made their way into the lakes via rivers, while others were dumped into the waterways. The fish feed on aquatic plants, eating up to 90 pounds a day and damaging areas used by spawning fish and migrating birds. What is not known is how many are in the lakes and where they’ve spread. HOW BIG OF A THREAT? It’s believed there are still only a small number of grass carp in the lakes. But a report released by U.S. and Canadian researchers warned this year that if effective steps aren’t taken, it’s likely that the invasive fish will be established in lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Ontario within 10 years. WHERE ARE THEY BEING FOUND? The biggest concern is in Lake Erie where grass carp have been found in tributary rivers and along the shoreline. Researchers have been closely watching the Sandusky River, between Cleveland and Toledo, since the discovery of grass carp eggs in 2015. More eggs were found this summer along with eight adults that were netted during a two-day search.

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A U.S. Appeals Court recently ruled that gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region should not have been removed from the endangered species list. Do you agree or disagree with this decision?